EU approves €20m in aid for quake-hit Nepal

2015-05-04 16:35
Nepalese villagers walks near their makeshifts tents at Laprak village in Gorkha district in Nepal. (Sajjad Hussain, AFP)

Nepalese villagers walks near their makeshifts tents at Laprak village in Gorkha district in Nepal. (Sajjad Hussain, AFP)

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Brussels - The European Union has approved €20m in financial support and emergency aid to help Nepal deal with the 25 April earthquake.

Monday's EU commitment came after a request for help from the Nepalese government, which said it was facing a huge funding gap if there was no increase in international help. Beyond the €16.6m in financial support and €3m in emergency aid, EU Commissioner Neven Mimica said "as soon as the needs assessments are completed, we will look into how we can further assist."

Nepal is one of the world's poorest nations. The earthquake has claimed at least 7 200 lives and shattered the country's economy.

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